In 1879, the North West Frontier, India8217;s border with Afghanistan, provides the greatest opportunity for action and advancement for any officer in the British army. But it also guarantees the most risk. The Pathan warriors of the Afghan hills8212;notorious for their ferocity and cruelty8212;are a constant threat to the Queen8217;s men. But what worries the army most is the rumor that the tribes are planning an uprising. Captain Simon Fonthill is ready for a new challenge. Having cut his teeth in battle in the Zulu War, he accepts the hazardous mission of riding into the hills and passing vital intelligence back to camp. Accompanied only by his unconventional servant, "352" Jenkins, and an eccentric but fearless Sikh translator, Fonthill steels himself for what is surely the most dangerous posting of his career.